Join the circus for real at Standon Calling 2013

PUBLISHED: 12:33 28 April 2013 | UPDATED: 12:34 28 April 2013

Standon Calling 2013 line-up poster

Standon Calling 2013 line-up poster


FESTIVAL-GOERS heading to Standon Calling 2013 in August are being offered the chance to be part of the big top show.

The Gorilla Circus will be holding flying trapeze classes at Standon Calling 2013The Gorilla Circus will be holding flying trapeze classes at Standon Calling 2013

The three-day music festival’s theme this year is Running Away From The Circus. And that’s exactly what you can do by joining the Standon People’s Circus.

If simply being part of the crowd isn’t enough, you are in luck. Ticket holders can purchase an add-on ticket at £50 entitling them to their very own starring role at this summer’s party at Standon Lordship, near Ware, from August 2 to August 4.

Those signing up for the Standon People’s Circus will gain entry to the festival site two days early, from Wednesday, July 31, professional circus skill training and a special Thursday night crew dinner ahead of performances to the public.

Skills on offer include juggling, slack rope and stilt walking, clowning and more.

Standon Calling 2013 festival line-up posterStandon Calling 2013 festival line-up poster

At the helm of this experience is circus legend Gerald Barclay-Balding. His CV boasts 10 years touring the US as part of Circus Flora, seven years at Giffords Circus as co-founder and ringmaster, plus a stint with Cirque du Soleil.

Friends and family of budding performers can also gain early access to the site to support loved ones by purchasing an add-on ticket at £20.

The weekend itself promises yet more chances to experience circus life first hand, courtesy of Gorilla Circus flying trapeze classes.

Running Friday, Saturday and Sunday, festival ticket holders can pre-book a 90-minute class which will see them soaring for only £30.

For the more sensitive stomached attendees, each day will also feature two short slots for try-and-fly at £6 each, with no pre-booking necessary.

All tickets can be purchased via the Standon Calling website at

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